Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce Are First Teammates Ever with 25,000 Points Each

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Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce Are First Teammates Ever with 25,000 Points Each
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Paul Pierce made history on Saturday, becoming just the 18th player in NBA history to score 25,000 points.

Sunday, the Elias Sports Bureau added another layer to the story, via NBA.com/Stats:

It's fitting that these two would reach another milestone in which they're dependent upon each other. In 2008, they did so by winning the first and only NBA title of their careers.

It was the first season Pierce and Kevin Garnett were teammates, after the Boston Celtics acquired KG in a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves the previous summer.

Garnett has collected over 6,000 of his career points since that deal was made. Pierce has poured in nearly 10,000 of his in the same time span.

This season, both are playing in smaller roles with the Brooklyn Nets, but are helping the team hit its stride at the right time.

At 33-15, the Nets have the league's sixth-best record since Jan. 1, and Pierce thinks they may be able to keep it up into June:

They'll certainly have the edge in experience in the postseason.

Pierce and Garnett make Brooklyn the only team with two 25,000-point scorers. And the two have combined to play in 267 playoff games—99 together.

Their experience, in combination with scoring from Joe Johnson and Deron Williams and good supporting play from Shaun Livingston and Mason Plumlee, could make the Nets an Eastern Conference sleeper.

 

Unless otherwise noted, all stats are courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com and NBA.com and are current as of April 13, 2014.

Andy Bailey covers the NBA for Bleacher Report.

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